November 1997 News

New Publications

  • Michael Davidson, Ghostlier Demarcations: Modern Poetry and the Material Word. University of California Press.

  • Mel Freilicher, interview with David Bronstein, former AIDS case worker for San Diego County, Fiction International, 30, Pain Issue 2 (San Diego State University Press, 1997).

  • Marcel Hénaff, "Supplement to Diderot"s Dream" (Introduction to Diderot"s Supplement to Bougainville"s Voyage), The Libertine Reader: Eroticism and Enlightenment in 18th Century France, ed. M. Feher. Zone Books, 1997: 51-75.

  • Marcel Hénaff, "Oedipus: Baroque Portrait with a Woman"s Face" (Introduction to Sade"s Florville and Courval), The Libertine Reader: Eroticism and Enlightenment in 18th Century France, ed. M. Feher. Zone Books, 1997: 1255-1275.

  • Fanny Howe, One Crossed Out (collection of poems). Graywolf Press.

  • Fanny Howe, Nord Profound (translation of her novel The Deep North). Mercure de France.

  • Lisa Lowe and David Lloyd, eds., The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital. Durham: Duke University Press, 1997 (593 pages).

  • Pasquale Verdicchio, Bound by Distance: Rethinking Nationalism through the Italian Diaspora. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 1997.


To Lisa Lowe whose book, Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Durham: Duke University Press, 1996) just received Honorable Mention for the John Hope Franklin Award in American Studies from the American Studies Association.


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    Hazel Carby, Professor and Chair, American and African American Studies, Yale University
    "Body and Soul: Paul Robeson and the Modernist Aesthetic."
    Thursday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.

    2005 Warren Lecture Hall
    Hazel Carby
    is one of the nation"s leading cultural critics and black intellectuals. She is the author of the much-acclaimed, oft-cited study, Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist (Oxford University Press, 1987), which has made a landmark contribution in its trenchant critical analyses of the writing of Harriet Jacobs, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Anna Julia Cooper, and Nella Larsen, among others. Her latest book, Racemen: the Body and Soul of Race Nation and Manhood, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press (Fall 1998). This event is supported by the Robert C. Elliott Memorial Fund which was established at the time of Professor Elliott"s death in April of 1981. A founding member of the Department of Literature, Robert Elliott was the author of The Power of Satire (1968), The Shape of Utopia (1970), and The Literary Persona (1982).

    Fall Quarter 1997

    Both sessions take place on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building. Please note that the session previously announced for November 11 has been canceled.

    • November 4: American Novel
      Ronald Berman, "Fitzgerald and/or Hemingway in the "20's"
      Stephen Cox, "Willa Cather, Right and Wrong"

    • November 18: On Socrates
      Arthur J. Droge, "That Unpredictable Little Beast."

  • NEW WRITING SERIES, Fall Quarter 1997
    Readings are at 4:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Space, Visual Arts Department, with the exception of Adrian Castro's reading, which will be held at a location to be announced. Events are free and open to the public.

    • Wednesday, November 5: David Bromige
      The author of 30 books of poetry, fiction, and song, and likened by Rochelle Owens to "a congenial terrorist equipped with a smart bomb," David Bromige has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Writing and the Poet Laureate Award from the University of California.

    • Thursday, November 13: Adrian Castro
      Born in Miami of Cuban and Dominican heritage, Adrian Castro writes out of a rhythmic, multi-lingual Afro-Caribbean tradition. An accomplished performer as well as a writer, Castro's book, Cantos to Blood & Honey, is forthcoming from Coach House Press.

    • Thursday, November 20: Brenda Hillman
      Brenda Hillman's most recent and most experimental book, Loose Sugar, is her fifth from Wesleyan University Press. In 1995, she edited The Poetry of Emily Dickenson for Shambala Press. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and in 1993 she was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist.

    Shands Hospital, University of Florida
    "Sexual Ambiguity and the Problem of the Hermaphrodite in 19th c. Spanish Medical Texts" (presentation in English)
    Wednesday, November 19, 4:00 p.m.

    deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

    Professor of Spanish Literature, University of Florida
    Visiting Professor, Department of Literature, UCSD
    "Print Culture and Literary History: Three Spanish Cases" (presentation in English)
    Wednesday, December 3, 4:00 p.m.

    deCerteau Room, 155 Literature Building

Conferences/Calls for Papers

  • The 1997 Modern Language Association Convention, scheduled this year in Toronto, will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 27, and end at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30. The convention will take place at the Royal York Hotel/Metro Toronto Convention Centre (English Sessions); and the Sheraton Centre Toronto (Foreign Language Sessions, Job Information and Child Care). Exhibits will be located at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. All MLA members and others involved in the study or teaching of language and literature must register in order to attend or participate in meetings, visit the exhibit hall, take part in the job service, or reserve hotel rooms at special MLA rates. Regular and nonmembers will receive a discount if they pay registration fees before December 5. For further information see Barbara Saxon or Quinny.

  • Making and Unmaking History, Annual Interdisciplinary English Graduate Conference, University of Southern California, February 27-28, 1998. This conference welcomes papers and presentations, in traditional and nontraditional formats, on the general subject of history and culture. Graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars are invited to apply. One- to two-page abstracts are due by November 30, 1997. For additional information, including possible panel topics, contact Arnab Chakladar, Department of English, Taper Hall, USC University Park, Los Angeles CA 90089; or email.


Coolbrith/Poet Laureate Poetry Competitions. The Department of Literature is accepting submissions for the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prizes and the Poet Laureate Awards. The Coolbrith competition was established by friends of the late Ina Coolbrith, former Poet Laureate of California. $400 is available annually for prizes, to be apportioned by the judges. Awards are made for the best unpublished poem or group of poems by an undergraduate student at the UC campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, the University of Santa Clara, or St. Mary's College. The Poet Laureate competition was established by the Ina Coolbrith Circle. Four prizes ($100; $75; $50; $25) are awarded for the best poetry submissions from graduate or undergraduate students at any of the UC campuses. Manuscripts must be typewritten or clearly printed. A duplicate should be kept, as manuscripts cannot be returned. A cover sheet should be attached with the following information: name, local address, telephone number, permanent address, social security number, U.S. citizen (yes or no), major, student status (graduate or undergraduate), title of entry, and name of contest (Coolbrith or Poet Laureate). Students may enter both contests, but not with the same poems. A faculty judge from the Department of Literature will select three finalists for each contest from the UCSD submissions. These entries will be forwarded, via the Committee on Prizes at UC Berkeley, to a panel of judges who will select the winners. UCSD entries must be submitted to the Undergraduate Office, Room 110 Literature Building, by no later than Wednesday, December 17, 1997.

Research/Fellowship Opportunities

  • Travel to Scholarly Meetings. Academic Senate members may apply for travel expenses (airfare, not per diem) to conferences or symposia of professional societies at which they will present papers on their research or preside over one or more sessions. Invitations to participate in a departmental symposium or in a locally organized workshop/conference with a fairly small attendance cannot be supported. Only one trip per fiscal year for any Senate member will be awarded. The deadline for submission of applications is 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 28, 1997. Applications received after this date will be reviewed in March 1998. Awards are made for the lowest published air coach fare for domestic trips, with ceilings of $500 for Eastern, $350 for Central, and $250 for Mountain/Pacific time zones. Foreign travel may be funded at 75% of the lowest APEX fare, up to $1,000, or the actual fare, whichever is lower. A copy of the letter inviting the paper, acceptance of the paper on the program or a copy of the program must accompany the request for funds. Application forms are available from Linda Lewis.

  • Intercampus Exchange Opportunity Fund Grants. Airfare is provided to Academic Senate members and registered graduate students for travel to other UC campuses and/or facilities for study and research, and to faculty invited to UCSD from other UC campuses for the purpose of research consultations which will benefit UCSD faculty. These funds may not be used for travel to attend conferences that happen to take place at UC facilities. Awards are made for the lowest published airfare not to exceed $250 (or mileage in lieu of airfare), but not per diem. See Linda Lewis for an application.

  • University of California Humanities Research Institute (HRI) Fellowships for 1998-99.
    1998-99 Residential Fellowships for Research Group Participation. HRI invites applications from UC faculty, postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students for residential fellowships to participate in one of the following research groups that will convene during 1998-99: "Interdisciplinary Queer Studies," Fall 1998, Convener, Robyn Wiegman, Women"s Studies, UC Irvine; "Gender and Citizenship in Muslim Communities," Winter/Spring 1999, Convener, Suad Joseph, Anthropology, UC Davis; and "Microcosms: Objects of Knowledge," Winter/Spring 1999, Convener, E. Bruce Robertson, History of Art and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara. The deadline for faculty applications is December 15, 1997; for graduate student applications, the deadline is February 1, 1998 (graduate student applicants must be advanced to candidacy by June 1998). Postdoctoral scholars (Ph.D. from the UC within the past two years or by June 15, 1998) must also apply by February 1, 1998.
    For further information contact the Fellowship Committee, University of California HRI, 307 Administration Bldg, Irvine CA 92697-3350; (714) 824-8177; or email.

  • 1998-99 Thurber House Residencies, Columbus, Ohio. The Thurber House residencies offer "a seasonal retreat from daily chaos. Inspirational ghost sightings or paranormal experiences--as Thurber himself and many past residents have experienced--are likely but not guaranteed." The house, which was Thurber"s home during his college years, is a literary center known for its Thurber archives and literary programming. Three categories of residencies are offered--Poet-in-Residence, Playwright-in-Residence, and Journalist-in-Residence--each involving teaching at Ohio State University while reserving substantial time for the writer"s own work-in-progress. Each carries a stipend of $5,000 per quarter. Applicants should have a publication record and teaching experience. For additional information contact Michael J. Rosen, Literary Director, The Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Ave, Columbus, OH 43215. Initial applications (letter of interest and c.v.) must be submitted before December 15, 1997.

  • 1998-99 American Antiquarian Society Fellowships. The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) announces visiting academic research fellowships tenable for one to twelve months during the period June 1, 1998-May 31, 1999. All awards are for research and writing using the AAS library"s resources. These preeminent collections offer broad research opportunities in American history and culture through the year 1876. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fund long-term awards intended for scholars beyond the doctorate, for which seniors and mid-career scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Short-term fellowships are available for scholars holding the Ph.D. and for doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research. Special short-term grants support scholars working in the history of the book in American culture, in the American eighteenth century, on or with American historical prints, and on or with newspapers and magazines. Inquiries and requests for application materials should be addressed to the American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609-1634; (508) 755-5221; or email. Applications are due January 15, 1998.

  • 1998 Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities. Approximately 50 Predoctoral Fellowships and 29 Dissertation Fellowships will be awarded to applicants in the behavioral and social sciences, humanities, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences and life sciences. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals who are members of one of the following ethnic minority groups: Native American Indian; Alaskan Native (Eskimo or Aleut); Black/African American; Mexican American/Chicana/Chicano; Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian); Puerto Rican. Predoctoral applicants must not have completed, by the beginning of the fall 1997 term, more than two years of graduate study toward the Ph.D. Awards include an annual stipend of $14,000 and an institutional allowance of $7,500 in lieu of tuition and fees for three years. Dissertation applicants must have completed by February 14, 1998, all requirements for the Ph.D. except the writing and defense of the dissertation. Awards consist of a one-year stipend of $18,000. The application deadline for both fellowship programs is November 15, 1997. For additional information/applications, contact The Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Ave, Washington DC 20418; (202) 334-2872 or email.

  • 1998 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities. The National Research Council plans to award approximately 25 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships to provide a year of continued study and research to members of the following ethnic minority groups: Native American Indian; Alaskan Native (Eskimo or Aleut); Black/African American; Mexican American/Chicana/Chicano; Native Pacific Islander (Micronesian or Polynesian); and Puerto Rican. The program is open to U.S. citizens who are engaged in teaching and research careers--or who plan such careers--and who have held the doctorate for not more than seven years. Each fellow selects an appropriate not-for-profit institution of higher education or research to serve as host for a year of postdoctoral research. Fellowships provide a stipend of $25,000, plus allowances for travel ($3,000) and cost-of-research ($2,000). The deadline for submission of applications is January 5, 1998. For additional information/ applications, contact The Fellowship Office, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Ave, Washington DC 20418; (202) 334-2872 or email

  • Fellowship Programs of the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. The goals of the Center and the Library are to encourage and facilitate the study of the early modern period and to develop, expand, and utilize the holdings and resources of the Clark (an off-campus rare book library specializing in 17th- and 18th century British works). The fellowship programs include:

    • Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships--theme-based residential fellowships offering a stipend of $18,000 for two quarters. "Oscar Wilde and the Culture of the Fin de Siècle" is the theme for 1998-99.

    • Clark Short-Term Fellowships--one- to three-month residential fellowships ($2,000/month) for postdoctoral scholars to work in any area of the Clark"s collections.

    • ASECS-Clark Fellowships--one-month residential fellowships ($2,000) for postdoctoral scholars with projects in the Restoration or the 18th century.

    • Clark-Huntington Joint Bibliographical Fellowships-- postdoctoral fellowships ($4,000 for two months) to support bibliographical research in early modern British literature and history and other areas where the two libraries have common strengths.

    • Predoctoral Fellowships for UC Students--for doctoral candidates whose dissertation research involves areas represented in the Clark"s collections ($6,000 for three months). For additional information for the Ahmanson-Getty Fellowships, contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles CA 90095-1404; or email. For the other fellowships, contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Clark Memorial Library, 2520 Cimarron St, Los Angeles CA 90018-2098; or email. All application materials are due March 15, 1998.

  • 1998-99 Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships. This fellowship program supports scholars and writers engaged in research on transnational social and cultural issues, non-Western cultures, and the diverse cultural heritage of the United States. For 1998-99, individuals can apply for resident fellowships at 28 host institutions, including, among others: CUNY Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies; Oral History Research Office, Columbia University; Center for the Study of Public Scholarship, Emory University; Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio; African Humanities Institute, Harvard University; Center for Renaissance Studies, Newberry Library; Smithsonian Institution with the Inter University Program for Latino Research; Indigenous Research Center of the Americas, UC Davis; Womanist Studies Consortium, University of Georgia; and the Project for Critical Asian Studies, University of Washington. The fellowships are meant to serve scholars who are testing disciplinary boundaries or moving into newer fields of inquiry. Awards may not be used for the completion of graduate studies. Complete information about eligibility, stipends and application procedures for individual scholars is available directly from the host institutions. See Lucinda Rubio-Barrick for the full list of institutions and application deadlines. Institutional applications are also encouraged, for which brief proposal descriptions must be submitted by December 1, 1997, and completed proposals by February 2, 1998. For more information on institutional applications, contact Humanities Fellowships, Arts and Humanities Division, The Rockefeller Foundation, 420 Fifth Ave, New York NY 10018-2702.

Graduate Program Announcements

Student Members, 1997-98 Graduate Studies Committee

  • Comparative: Kristi Wilson
  • Composition: Carlton Floyd
  • Cultural Studies: Rhett Gambol
  • English: Melisa Klimaszewski, Saundra Logan
  • Spanish: Rita Urquijo-Ruiz
  • M.A. Program: Angelica Saintignon
  • Executive Committee: Anna Eng, Representative; Harleen Singh, Alternate
  • GSA: Gregory Lobo, Saundra Logan, Anthony Navarrete